What to eat and what not to eat on an empty stomach
Stomach responds differently to various foods when it is empty. Even some healthy foods are not healthy to eat on an empty stomach because it can cause acid stomach problems, diarrhea, and similar problems.
What is not recommended to eat on an empty stomach?
Tomato. Consumption of Tomato on empty stomach can increase the stomach acid due to the tannic acid it contains. This increases the risk of ulcers.
Coffee. If you drink coffee on an empty stomach, it can increase the acidity of the stomach and damage your stomach. And again, if you drink coffee immediately after meals, it interferes with the adoption of certain minerals from the food, for example calcium and iron. Therefore, it is advisable to drink coffee just about 2 hours after meals.
Citrus fruits. Oranges, lemons and other sour fruit can cause symptoms in people who have problems with the stomach, heartburn or inflammation of the esophagus.
Carbonated drinks. Carbonated beverages, whether or not sweetened (mineral water) on empty stomach can damage the mucosa of the stomach and lead to a reduced blood supply of the stomach.
Sweetened beverages (including freshly squeezed juice). When taken on an empty stomach they raise the blood sugar levels very quickly and therefore increase the hunger and desire for food in general. It is better to use them after meals.
Hot spices (e.g., ginger, pepper, etc.). On an empty stomach, they can strongly stimulate the secretion of gastric acid and damage the stomach lining.
Yogurt. If you eat yogurt on an empty stomach, concentrated stomach acid will destroy the probiotic lactobacilli the stomach contains so that you will certainly not have the benefit from the yogurt in the morning.
What can you eat on an empty stomach?
Eggs. Studies show that eating eggs for breakfast reduces total calorie intake throughout the day. They are well boiled and fried, on healthier oil – eg. olive or coconut.
Oatmeal. Oatmeal creates a protective layer on the stomach mucosa thus protecting the walls of the stomach against damage that could arise from the excess of hydrochloric acid.
Nuts. Walnuts, hazelnuts almonds, and others nuts can reduce the risk of the ulcer as they can normalize the pH value of the stomach. They also make you feel more satiated. Therefore, they are excellent as snacks, when you are hungry and you are not able to eat a full meal.
Buckwheat. Buckwheat porridge is good on an empty stomach and after breakfast improves digestion, and is rich in protein, iron, and vitamins.
Polenta. Polenta contributes to the regulation of micro flora and is well tolerated on an empty stomach.
Blueberries. Blueberries are quite well tolerated on an empty stomach and are very good for breakfast. They boost the metabolism, contributing to the health of the brain (memory) and the regulation of blood pressure.
Watermelon. Watermelon is good to eat on an empty stomach, especially for breakfast, because there are a lot of water and minerals (the body in the morning is slightly dehydrated). It also contains lycopene, which is beneficial for the heart, skin and blood sugar levels.
Honey. Though it is individual, in principle honey can be consumed on an empty stomach – it contributes to better digestion, and is good for the immune system and has antiviral and antibacterial effects.
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